Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The difference in a quality streetscape

A couple years ago, Ken Firestone worked on a pedestrian related research study as part of a class in the UMD planning program. His photos here are from the 2100 block of O Street NW in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in DC.

Like the photos I have of the 1700 block of L Street NW (north south) it should be no surprise that pedestrian activity is highest on the side of the street where there are storefronts/living quarters on the first floor, rather than garages.

West side, 2100 block of O Street NW, Dupont Circle

East side, 2100 block of O Street NW, Dupont Circle

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